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Does anyone know where in this country you can get a blue LED torch with 47O nm wavelength? It must have a minimum of 5 LEDs
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PS it's not intended for diving so doesn't have to be waterproof
 

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I don't... but you could just nip down to Maplins, and buy the type of LEDs you want and build them into one of those white LED lights that are becoming so common...
 

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Good call Dom, Maplins have them for £1.49 each, it's not for me it's for one of the technicians at work
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Thought they might - I bought their catalogue the other day when I was buying the parts for my Palm-Aladin interface.

I've come to the conclusion that the little "parts store" window is in fact the entrance to a Tardis, considering the amount of stuff they list having packed into them
 

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The Technician in question wants this device to excite (oo-er missus!) fluorescent molecules, as many cnidarians (corals and anemones) have fluorescent properties, such a torch could be of interest of UW photographers
 

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Hi Steve

Its funny you should say this, how does a mercury arc with a 485 / 30 band pass filter sound. Tested last week, needs to be struck from the mains (trying to invent a way around this), but runs off 24V once lit.

Just need to finish housing off. Got a 50W bulb awith bout 200 hours life. Thought it would be fun to take pickies of fluorescence in the Red Sea in March. Can make another if you like. Blue LED's don't really have enough energy to get enough fluorescence for normal (non intergrating) CCD camera's.

Sorry but this really is what I do for a living.

Andrew


(Edited by andyp at 8:02 pm on Jan. 16, 2003)
 

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Sounds pretty technical Andy (ie I've just ducked as that went over my head!).
Perhaps I should explain what the technician wants if for, she's working with transgenic mice which have the GFP gene inserted (I'm guessing you're familiar with that), a recent draft of a paper (Biotechniques, Vol 34 issue 2)) detailed a sytem where a commercially available blue LED flashlight (Inova X5 from Emissive Energy, USA) was used to illuminate the mice (through a Kodak Polymax PC3 filter), the mice are observed through another filter (Kodak Wratten Gelatin Filter 12). The whole idea is to emliminate the need to take a tissue sample (from the mouses ear) the paper acknowledges that the results aren't suitable for photomicrographs but is adequate for non-invasive identification of mice with the fluorescent gene.
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Sent you an e-mail, it is getting a bit too much like work for this forum, the bit of kit we have made is for diving, or a least photography whilst diving.

Andrew
 

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Oh you whacky scientists - flourescent mice whatever next - flame repellant cats?
 

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Different perspective on "putting the cat out"?
 

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Did any of you guys ever see the glow in the dark rabbit?
(Seriously!)
 

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Yeh, and glow in the dark mice, bizzare, turn all the lights out and there you go, lots of mice all glowing a feint blue colour.

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So these glow in the dark mice and rabbits,  would it be possible to put some in a transparent container and take them on night dives ?  

It could work out cheaper than snapsticks ;)

Can we have some scientific feedback on what would be more suitable,  1xrabbit = 10x mice etc....  

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I just spat my coffee.

We could use clear tupperware boxes, that should keep em alive for what 1/2 hour or so.

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Yeah, we could rig up a special type of dSMB (delayed surface marker bunny)
I've already gotten my coat...:eek:uttahere:
 

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An aside,

Was in a shop over the weekend and was shown a torch utilising 3 white light LED's had a colour temperature of 6000 and an equivelant power output of 50W. All off three C cell batteries with a burn time of over two hours,

Cooooooooolllllll

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Don't know if the following link is any use,

Aluminium, 30 metres water resistant.  Looks quite trick but is a bit expensive.

http://www.fliklite.co.uk/
 
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